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it's thursday september 24th. coming up on "early today," breaking news oempblt. at least 310 dead in 450 injured in a stampede in saudi arabia. on the heels of a hugely successful and emotional day in the capitol. pope francis hopes to deliver a serious message to congress. and then the incredible story of one family whose faith in pope francis may have led to a miracle. and the front runners have facing stiffer odds on this thursday. "early today" starts right now. good morning everyone. i'm alex witt. we'll get toth the pope's news in a moment. but first, mass casualties in
saudi arabia. early reports find 310 have died and another 450 are wounded following a stampede. those numbers according to the country's civil defense directory. happened during the annual haj pilgrimage. millions attend the sacred gathering every year. at this point the number of injuries are reportedly rising as crews continue operations. this is a developing story. we'll have more information as it comes in. in the meantime a day after pope francis came face to face with americans to the leader of the free world to the streets. there have been 266 popes in world history. just 17 since the united states was founded. in just a few hours, francis will be the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of congress. then it is a blessing of a meal for catholic charities before leaving for new york city. 5:30 p.m. eastern he'll lead
prayer at st. patricks. and the yesterday, francis riding down constitution avenue, smiling, waving. at one point sophie cruz, the daughter of undocumented workers broke lew tthrough the lines. and the pope called for his detail to bring the girl to him. and in a magic moment to two embraced. he gave her a tee shirt and a private letter of hope. and during his trip to the white house pope francis got to meet the first dogs. bo and sunny. but yesterday was not without controversy. sera was made a saint in the first cannonization to take place in the u.s. critics say he destroyed their ancestors traditions and culture. the vatican supporters argue he saved natives from spanish soldiers. in all the u.s. so far has
embraced the pope. and he's embraced it back. but apologies challenge ealso c. >> reporter: pope francis met the american people. the average and the elite. pulling up to the white house in his modest fiat for an elaborate presidential welcome. >> in the generosity of your spirit. we see a living example of jesus' teachings. >> we're living at a criminate moment of history. >> the blunt speaking pope outlined his priorities. son of an immigrant family, he praised our nation's imgrant roots. urged freedom and action on climate change. >> climate change is a problem we can no longer be left to our future generations. >> a beaming president obama took the pope for a tour of the white house and a private
meeting. then under a cloudless sky francis toured the ellipse in the pope mobile. blessing the 50,000 along the route. kissing children and by every indication enjoying himself. >> it was a blessing to see him. he waved to us and we felt the energy. >> the whole world as one. >> there was work do. the business of the church. the pope deliver tad pep talk of sorts so his brother bishops. here at st. matthews cathedral he brought up immigration again, telling the bishops to welcome immigrants, that they will enrich the nation and the church. while outside a small protest demanding women priests. he finished the day with another historic moment. canonizing the first saint on u.s. soil. a controversial francis can priest who founded missions in
california. the city united in joy. >> turning to politics now. the feud between gop presidential candidate donald trump and fox news is back on. trump says he's now boycotting the cable news network. on twitter he writes fox news has been treated me very unfairly and i have therefore decided i won't be doing anymore fox shows for the foreseeable future. fox news released a statement that trump canceled after --. marco rubio is pulling ahead of jeb bush in florida. but donald trump is still on top. he's winning among florida gop primary voters with 31.5%. presidential debate organizers have o announced debates and sites for the 2016 debates. the democratic and republican candidates meet three times next
year. september 26th at wright state universe in dayton ohio. october 9th at washington university in st. louis missouri. and october 19th at the university of nevada las vegas. vice president candidates meet just once in farmville, virginia. and according to a new gallup poll the democratic party has a better image than the republican party. and be sure to tune in to meet the press this sunday. host chuck todd will have an exclusive interview with democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton. earlier this month, video showed john j. high school fool football players hitting a referee from behind during a game. assistant coach matt breed admitted he directed the students to make the referee pay for racial comments and calls. adding that breed wanted to take full responsibility for his actions.
a school disciplinary hearing was held for players yesterday. nbc news is working to conform that suspended players will be able to return to school for the spring semester. and texas league will hold its own hearing today. and bill karins is here with your forecast. >> so many places beautiful fall weather. two spots don't. yesterday omaha nebraska had five inches of rain. flood watch again today. and the storm on the southeast. the east coast has been spared during the hurricane season. but now we're going to watch this low sitting here and the pressure gradient is causing a lot of o problems. already areas of rain moving on shore. huge high pressure over new england. coastal low off the southeast and the gradient between the two is going to cause all the problems in between. we're going to see a lot of strong wind gusts here. up to 40 miles per hour on the coast. pretty good gusts at the tropical storm strength. outer banks up even to the
energi jersey sure. 3-6 foot surf in the outer banks. 6-9 foot waves. and beach erosion is going to be a problem too. they are also very concerned this weekend with anyone trying to go to the beaches because it is going to be warm too. they are concerned with rip currents and people in the water where there is no life guards. a lot are off duty after labor day. rthwest is also going to be looking pretty nice. 80 in portland today. and of course the pope brought some pretty good weather with himself also. washington d.c., you mentioned the blue skies here in new york.
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this morning on today, a preview of what pope francis is expected to say in his historic address to congress. as well as a look ahead to rest of his visit. as the pope begins his second day, one arizona family shared a personal miracle they experienced after seeing the holy father in st. peter square. brian west has the story. >> it seemed really like it was meant to happen. >> reporter: lynn cassidy stood in the rain three hours with her family. >> we were told if he stood on a barricade in st. peters square, the metal fences. if we were there in front the pope would come by. >> the only intention was to see pope francis. they had no idea a holy act was
about to happen. >> my husband scott held her up like the lion king and the pope came by and the secret service person, johnny, stopped and took her from scott and held her up to the pope. and the pope asked my husband how old is she and what he's her name? he told her she has two holes in her heart. when we got home in may we went back to the cardiologist for a check up and one of the holes was totally closed and one was half the size. >> holes here in her heart. now the miracle baby is able to fill the holes left in others. the family says the healing may be incredible timing but they believe it is divine intervention. >> it is possible it closes just over time. but when you see the picture that the professional photographers took. his hand is here and we believe he's a servant of god. so it is as close to a miracle as we'll ever see i'm sure. >> and if she ever gets to speak with pope francis again.
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welcome back to "early today." let's get you out the door. we're watching summerlike conditions through the northern rockies to the desert southwest. hasn't changed. 93 in l.a. 78 in san francisco. little cooler in the northwest. seattle with a chance of rain, 67 throughout your friday. and still looking warm from l.a. back to phoenix houchblgt are we going keep the warm in the los angeles area? seems like a good portion of the early summer. then a break and now the heat has returned and looks to stay with us through the weekend. saturday 98, 94 sunday. monday back to the 80s where we should be for this time of year but still warm stuff late in september. >> always in september though. l.a. is the hottest month. >> it is known fur that. >> indeed. amy schumer is writing a memoir. the actress and comedian has been given an advance of between 8 and $10 million.
and check this out. a new interactive video for star wars, the force awakens, gives fans a 360 degree view of the desert planet of jaku. this aboard a speeder bike. there she is. gorgeous oscar winner anne hathaway. who apparently totally lost it having a fan girl moment when she saw one of her favorite singers, maria carey. the decision for a lawsuit between d.c. comics and a man who produces replicas of the cars. the judge quoted the caped crusader saying in our society protection of property is essential. and the pope had a historic moment yesterday. >> for the first time -- this is true. for the first time on u.s. soil the pope seat mass today
canonizing an american saint. canonizing an american saint. pretty cool i thought. [ applause ] very cool. yeah. so congratulations to st. oprah. >> not exactly. >> that's not going too far. maybe she should be one. >> well there are those who would agree. she is amazing. does amazing things. all the schools she does over. and in africa. >> a lot of learning with the whole papal visit. the canonization. i had no idea about all that. >> i kw a lot about it. >> you are a very intelligent person. >> thank you so much for that verification. i'm alex witt. this is "early today." you tuck here... you tuck there. if you're a toe tucker... because of toenail fungus, ask your doctor now about prescription kerydin.
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then that female has to be attractive. otherwise not much use. hmm. interesting. another story shows micro beads wash down drains and wind up in the bay. they harm local wildlife. they confuse them for food. the california state senate has passed a bill to ban products with micro beads but it is still pending review from the governor. and they donned hats and helped out. >> that i had areally need names on their helmets? >> i guess kind a. the --. completely blocking the view of the sun. and there is more photo bombing to come this sunday evening. a super moon lunar eclipse will occur. the earth's shadow will cover
the moon entirely and the nickname blood moon. some of the newest residents at the columbus zoo made their first public appearance. four african lion cubs ventured into the lion yard. you can see these adorable cubs getting used to their surrounds. >> a lion cub and not think simba. >> that is pretty cute. i want to be a zoo keeper just to care for the lyons. maybe my next life. in addition to attending the pope's speech to congress, senate lawmakers are the zoeld vote on the spending bill. funding the government through september 11th to avoid a government shut down. and the happy birthday. mean joe green 69 today.
overnight-- where a person flees in time, but faces a burned down home. laura/vo plus, a stampede that claims the lis flames in the alamo hills overnight. where a person flees in time, but faces a burned down home. plus, a stampede claims the lives of hundreds in mecca. a holy ritual turned deadly. a day of grief after a student struck by a car near the school. "today in the bay" starts right now. good thursday morning. thank you for joining us. i'm sam brock. >> and i'm laura garcia-cannon. let's get a look at this forecast. anthony slaughter is in this morning. >> we're looking at clear skies this morning. we don't have any fog this morning. it's going to be a nice warm day. temperatures starting off nice and cool. we are expecting 90s